Atlanta City Council adds closed captioning to meetings

The Atlanta City Council voted to add closed captioning to council and committee meetings starting in 2020.
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The Atlanta City Council voted to add closed captioning to council and committee meetings starting in 2020.

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday requiring real-time closed captioning at every meeting of the council and standing committees starting in 2020 and legislation requiring notices be posted to make clear how individuals with disabilities can request specific accommodations to participate in council meetings.

According to a press rlease, council member Michael Julian Bond introduced the legislation.

“Anytime we can make our meetings more accessible, that’s a positive step forward for the city. I applaud my colleagues for passing this legislation and making sure as many people as possible can effectively participate in everything we do at City Hall.”

Council member Jennifer Ide, who chairs the Committee on Council, said, “We need to do all we can to make sure our meetings are as open and accessible as possible. The legislation moved forward today improves access and helps to remove some of the barriers that exist in allowing people to participate in our meetings. This is a fantastic move forward in creating greater government accessibility and openness.”

Information: citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/.